Some time in the last ten years, possibly only the last five, planting of the bulbs in various parts of Keukenhof took something of a turn away from beds of solid colour, and towards a layered effect.
Carpets of low bulbs such as muscari, in all of its many variations, or Anemone blanda, are punctured by a mid-height narcissus or hyacinth of some sort.
Over this usually hovers a thinnish layer of tulips, usually in many tints and shades within a limited colour range, and finally, piercing the lot, is the occasional fritillaria. All are in flower at the same time.
Nothing could be more different to the previous all-colour-at-a-particular-height approach – which still dominates.
I’m envious of the deep knowledge of the characteristics of each species or variety necessary to make this possible.
And to a would-be user/arranger/manipulator of plants like me, it’s heaven.
Not that I’d necessarily want to copy any of this directly, as it’s all way too chocolate boxy for any garden I’d own or design, but it opens a door to a huge range of new bulb-planting possibilities.